The Recess Room

18380 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708


  • Daily, 5-10:30 p.m.
  • No Alcohol
The Recess Room is a gastropub in Fountain Valley. The Recess Room’s signature dish is a deep-fried decapitated pig’s head. Yes, a pig’s head, with its tongue, teeth, gums, eyeball, snout, and ear intact, served to you face up on a butcher’s block. And since the skull was also bifurcated lengthwise by band saw before it was deep fried, when you flip it over, you also get an MRI view of its facial bone structure from the inside. Try it, but know that The Recess Room is a better restaurant beyond that the gimmick. This is the Asian-leaning gastropub OC has been waiting for, with chummy waiters, a great setting, and inventive food from Chef Sergioivan Ortega, who used to cook at Arc and Providence.

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    Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:51 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    Ever since they opened, Fountain Valley's Recess Room has evolved to a place where you can not only order creative cuisine, but solid cocktails as well. With the launch of brunch earlier this month, I took the opportunity to reach o...

  • The Recess Room Introduces New Sunday Brunch
    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:58 a.m. by Cynthia Rebolledo

    Be ready to add the Recess Room to your #brunchlyfe rotation — executive Chef Sam Green (formerly sous chef at Broadway by Amar Santana) is serving up a menu of shareable plates that matches his dinner offerings of Asian-fusion fare...

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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:41 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

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  • OC Grub Guide Through 11/30: Give Thanks!
    Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    While we are thankful for family and friends, we are also thankful for places to dine and events to look forward to. There's no shortage of specials and events coming up, so eat to your heart's content! Just keep a bottle of Fernet ...

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